Halifax Explosion: ‘The Blind Mechanic’ and ‘Breaking Disaster’

The Blind Mechanic was already on my list when it was shortlisted for both the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction).  And judging by how long my library copy took to come in, it's been on many others' lists as well. An already well-known survivor of … Continue reading Halifax Explosion: ‘The Blind Mechanic’ and ‘Breaking Disaster’

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Autism: The Gift That Needs To Be Opened

I didn't want to the year to go by without mentioning this book I read about autism, put out by Flanker Press and the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is made up of a collection of stories told by parents of children with autism, caregivers and health professionals, as well as individuals who are … Continue reading Autism: The Gift That Needs To Be Opened

Quotes From Canada – Canadian Non-fiction

Jennifer from Literal Life brought this article in The Globe and Mail to my attention about the difficulties of finding enough funds for Canadian non-fiction writers to write their books. Some of the big non-fiction books in Canada have only come about because they have received international funding. It saddens me to think about the … Continue reading Quotes From Canada – Canadian Non-fiction

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

  Most of us think that history is the past. It's not. History is the stories we tell about the past. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that I don't read a lot of non-fiction. I can't help it- I just prefer fiction. So does Thomas King. Truth be … Continue reading The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar

Debra Komar is a forensic anthropologist who has recently written books about crimes that have happened long ago in the Maritimes; The Ballad of Jacob Peck and The Lynching of Peter Wheeler. The Ballad of Jacob Peck tells the story of a crime that happened in Shediac, New Brunswick in 1805. Komar re-visits the evidence … Continue reading The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar